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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: Jun 11, 2005 5:51am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Does anyone know this about the Calvin Workshop?

In 1984, Calvin gave its vast library of film elements to Prelinger Archives. This included both master and preprint elements on their own productions and unclaimed materials from their lab. The collection is now at the Library of Congress. The "'Your Name Here' Story" outtakes on this site come from that collection.

You can see a glimpse of the original Calvin studios (ca. 1938) in the film "Bicycling With Complete Safety."

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Poster: Mr. Date: Jun 11, 2005 8:22am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Does anyone know this about the Calvin Workshop?

These are the Calvin films that I've heard about but have not seen that I'd really like to see on this archive someday:

"The Sound of Bells" -- This early 1950s sales film sponsored by B.F. Goodrich was directed by Robert Altman and I hear that the story concerns a gas station owner who gets a surprise visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Santa promises the station owner a new customer every day of the coming new year, and these Santa-sent customers will be known to him by "the sound of bells."

"The Dirty Look" -- This is another early '50s Calvin film that I know almost nothing about except for the fact that it was sponsored by Gulf Oil and featured Hollywood star William Frawley turning in a guest apperance as a prattling barber. Sounds interesting.

"The Perfect Crime" (1955) and "The Last Mile" (1953) -- Two virtually identical Calvin films sponsored by Caterpillar and the National Safety Council, they both won safety and industrial film awards as well. They are mostly about highway safety and terrible car accidents, and then the sales pitch comes in: "With better roads built by sturdy Caterpillar equipment, this roadway misfortune can be avoided."

I wonder if these films are in the Library of Congress right now. I wonder if Rick Prelinger knows.

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Poster: Rick Prelinger Date: Jun 11, 2005 3:13pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Does anyone know this about the Calvin Workshop?

We had the original A&B rolls and track on "Sound of Bells," now at the Library of Congress. I'll check on the others. Pat McGilligan screened "Bells" in some fashion while researching his bio of Altman.

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Poster: Mr. Date: Jun 12, 2005 12:12am
Forum: movies Subject: Re: Does anyone know this about the Calvin Workshop?

How accessible are these films? Can people view them at the library?